Fantasic Movies browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Fantasic Movies?
Fantasic Movies hijacks browsers and promotes a fake search engine (fantasicmovies.com) by modifying the settings. Commonly, apps of this type change browser settings and gather data. People often download and install browser hijackers inadvertently and, for this reason, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Fantasic Movies promotes fantasicmovies.com by assigning it as the default search engine, homepage, and address of a new tab. Therefore, this browser hijacker ensures that users are forced to visit fantasicmovies.com when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into the URL bar. Note that fantasicmovies.co is also classified as a fake search engine, since it does not generate unique results. When used, it simply displays results generated by the Yahoo search engine by redirecting to search.yahoo.com. Generally, browser hijackers prevent users from changing the reassigned addresses as long as they are installed. Therefore, to stop fantasicmovies.com from being opened on certain occasions, the Fantasic Movies app must be removed from the browser. These apps also gather information relating to users' browsing activity and other details. For example, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses, and other browsing data. PUAs can also access and record private, sensitive details. The developers sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. People with browsers hijacked by apps such as Fantasic Movies might become victims of identity theft, experience problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and other issues. Therefore, remove this software from browsers and computers immediately.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Fantasic Movies|
|Supposed Functionality||Quick access to movie streaming pages.|
|Serving IP Address (fantasicmovies.com)||184.108.40.206|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Symptoms||Manipulated internet browser settings (homepage, default internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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There are many browser hijackers on the internet. Other examples are History Hide, Translations Instant and Search Sherpa. They supposedly provide quick access to services, improve the browsing experience and are useful in other ways. In most cases, these apps change browser settings and gather information. Browser hijackers do not deliver any useful features or any other value - they simply cause various issues.
How did Fantasic Movies install on my computer?
Generally, users cause download/installation of unwanted apps by clicking deceptive advertisements or downloading and/or installing programs without checking settings within the set-ups. PUAs are distributed by including them into the download/installation set-ups of other software that users wish to acquire. Additional downloads and installations are mentioned in settings such as "Advanced" and "Custom". Failure to check and change the settings allows the extra apps to infiltrate. This potentially unwanted software distribution method is called "bundling". Intrusive ads can lead to unwanted downloads and installations when users click them - they then execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Software and files should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Other download/installation channels such as third party downloaders and installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages are used to distribute unwanted and malicious software and should be avoided. Check all settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced" and decline offers to download or install additionally-included apps. Do not click intrusive advertisements, since they can often open dubious, potentially malicious websites and cause unwanted downloads and installations. Typically, ads of this kind are displayed on dubious websites, however, they might also appear on legitimate sites. Remove any suspicious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from the browser, and programs of this type from the computer. If your computer is already infected with Fantasic Movies, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Fantasic Movies browser hijacker (Firefox):
Website promoting Fantasic Movies browser hijacker (Chrome):
Notification stating that Fantasic Movies can access certain data (Firefox):
Notification stating that Fantasic Movies can read and change certain data (Chrome):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Fantasic Movies?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Fantasic Movies application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove fantasicmovies.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Fantasic Movies browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove fantasicmovies.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove fantasicmovies.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Fantasic Movies browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Fantasic Movies"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the fantasicmovies.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Fantasic Movies browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://fantasicmovies.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Fantasic Movies".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the fantasicmovies.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Fantasic Movies" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Fantasic Movies", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.fantasicmovies.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "fantasicmovies.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the fantasicmovies.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Fantasic Movies", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Fantasic Movies", remove hxxp://fantasicmovies.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with fantasicmovies.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the fantasicmovies.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove fantasicmovies.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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